An Easy Life

by Vigdis Hjorth

"If you want an easy life," he said, "all you have to do is make yourself insignificant. Believe in one thing today, another tomorrow and something completely different by the end of the week. Turn yourself into several people and parcel yourself out. Have one anonymous opinion and another in your own name, one spoken, one written, one in the Internet, another in the shop and a third as a lover, yet another as a PR consultant, or as a private individual. And then all your trouble will go away, you'll see." I closed my eyes, but to no avail, I started to cry.


Vigdis Hjorth is a Norwegian novelist. Her six sentences are excerpted from Long Live the Post Horn!